K-12 Educators & Counselors

In addition to our on-site classes, Roots & Wings offers trainings and workshops which are open to teachers, counselors, school personnel across schools. The best way to stay up to date about upcoming trainings is to join our newsletter or check our events page. Customized workshops are available upon request for K-12 schools and universities. 

Click here to register for our Summer 2016 Courses: Mindfulness for Teens and Tweens & Intro to Mindfulness in Education 

Re-Energizing Our School Communities: Credit-Bearing Course through the Penn Literacy Network

Students, teachers, and administrators experience pressures to perform with rising expectations and ever-changing standards. Educators must find a way to remain balanced, calm, and positive while managing an ever-increasing workload. Mindfulness, the simple act of being present - moment-by-moment - is an age-old practice whose benefits are now backed by brain science. Participants learn simple, mindfulness-based techniques to help re-energize their capacity to teach, learn, and lead schools while managing day-to-day stress. Phase 1 of the course provides a safe space for participants to explore and develop their own mindfulness practice against the backdrop of PLN’s Four Lenses of Learning. In Phase 2, classroom-based mindfulness strategies are introduced and practiced to promote student self-regulation, focus, and active learning with a focus on PLN Frameworks: The Five Reading Writing Talking Processes and The Four Lenses of Learning.

Contact Roots & Wings or the Penn Literacy Network for more information! 


Mindfulness in Education Overview Workshop

This 90-minute workshop provides an overview of mindfulness in education, and provides participants with some easy-to-implement strategies to use with students. Although not ideal, this workshop can stand alone as a teacher professional development. We say this because we don't subscribe to the "one and done" professional development model. Most schools use this workshop to gauge interest in ongoing training courses or to gather a voluntary cohort to participate in the Everyday Mindfulness for Schools training

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Everyday Mindfulness for Schools

This unique course is designed for educators by an educator in response to the growing need for teacher self-care and burnout prevention. Voluntary cohorts of 10-20 participants meet for eight 90-minute sessions (typically after school) to explore the benefits of mindfulness practices for the self and the classroom. Each participant in supported in establishing simple formal and information mindfulness practices that streamline into the busy day of teaching to help manage stress and promote well-being.  The primary focus of the course is to develop oneself as a mindful educator or counselor, with a secondary focus on introducing mindfulness-based techniques to students.

Pilot data collected by the University of Pennsylvania shows decreased job-related stress among other benefits! 


Previous Participants Include:

  • Radnor School District
  • AIM Academy
  • The Philadelphia School
  • Urban Promise Academy

Contact us to learn more about this course and to see if it may be a good fit for your school.